BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge officials are walking around with their chests out a bit Tuesday after the city was named one of the top 10 digital cities in America.
The Center for Digital Government annually names and acknowledges top-ranked cities across the US based on initiatives related to citizen engagement, policy, operations, technology and data.
Mayor Kip Holden noted it is the first time Baton Rouge has been ranked in the top 10 as a digital city.
"These past several years, we have been laser-focused on identifying ways that we can leverage emerging technologies and digital platforms to increase the efficiency of how we provide services to and better engage with the citizens of Baton Rouge," Holden stated in a written release. "It hasn't been an easy process, but today's announcement that Baton Rouge is now included among some of the most digitally advanced cities in the nation is validation that our efforts have been well worth it. Even with this award in hand, we remain committed to incorporating new technologies and digital innovation into our governmental operations and continuing to move forward with our approach to digital growth in even bigger and better ways."
The release added the East Baton Rouge City-Parish Government recently launched several initiatives aimed at establishing Baton Rouge as a leader in digital growth and innovation in the South.